So to start off, I would like to say that I have watched this movie twice already. Some of you may be thinking “WHY?“. The reason for this is because the first time I watched it I was uneducated about the story of Noah. So I went home and read the bible story several times, did my research on the movie, read up on the director of the movie (Darren Aronofsky) and then went into the movie a second time with better knowledge.
I will say that if you just want to watch a good movie with action, pain, drama and lots of thinking going on in your brain then by all means go see it. I give it 5/10 stars for an overall well produced Hollywood movie.
If you expect to see an “accurate” Bible story of Noah, this might not be the movie for you. I would give it a 3/10 stars as to how accurate it is compared to the Bible.
This review is going to be a little hard to read, maybe confusing, maybe even too contradictory of the movie, but I hope by the end of this it will encourage you (the reader) to want to open up a bible and read the story for yourself.
After reading various reviews and interviews with Mr. Aronofsky, as well as Russell Crowe, regarding the movie I now understand his point of view and his take on the movie/ story in the bible. His goal was to portray the heart of God towards men at that time through Noah’s words and actions. However, was it actually biblical for Noah’s heart, words and actions to be like God’s heart towards mankind? No, not at all.
According to the story in the Bible (comparing this to the movie) here are some major differences about Noah:
- Noah never once kills anyone before the flood
- He never tells his wife that his sons, his wife, and he are all wicked people
- His heart is never turned to hatred towards people nor his family
- He definitely never thinks that God is punishing him and his family for all the wickedness in the world
- He never once tells his daughter-in-law that he is going to kill his grandchildren if she has female babies. SO NOT TRUE OR ACCURATE
- Noah never once thinks that there is no hope for his family and generations after to come
These are only a couple differences I detected initially, yet there are many more examples.
But, let’s go back to Mr. Aronofsky. He did want us (the viewers) to really understand God’s heart AT THAT TIME. Yes, it is true. It broke God’s heart to see how evil, wicked and corrupt man had become and yes, eventually God did regret ever creating mankind.
Genesis 6: 5-7
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. And it repented the Lord that he had made human beings on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
HOWEVER, there is a BUT. God did find ONE MAN who actually loved Him, who had faith in Him, who was obedient to Him, who “was a just man and perfect in his generations, who walked with God” (Genesis 6:9) and his name was Noah.
Everyone else at that time took their eyes off of God, stopped believing He was real, cursed God and even tried to do anything they could to do evil. Even the earth had become corrupt in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:11-13), hence why He had to flood it, destroy the grounds and rebuild it all over again.
God chose Noah to build an arc that would save His family and two of every kind of animal on earth. God was going to wipe the evil off of the earth and rebuild it over again starting with Noah’s family.
Now let’s go it back to the movie review again. In the movie, on the arc Noah tells his family that God is punishing them and that when his third son, Jepheth, dies he will be the last of all mankind to walk the earth. Noah is conveying that there is no hope in mankind for the future in God’s eyes. In the movie Noah, his wife, his three sons and a girl who becomes his first son’s wife are on the arc. This is not accurate at all.
In the Bible it clearly states that, “Noah, his wife, his three sons, and his three sons’ wives entered the arc” (Genesis 6:18). That being said, Noah knew that His family was going to prosper and multiply when the floods subsided. He knew that there was hope and that his family was going to start fresh again in a new world. This is not portrayed in the movie at all.
In the movie, Mr. Arnofsky makes it seem that Noah is against mankind’s survival because when he finds out his son’s wife is going to have a baby he becomes enraged and tells them he is going to kill the baby if it is a girl. He then tells them because they are going to have a baby he now has to do what he does not want to do; kill a baby in order to be faithful to God’s commands. Safe to say, he does not kill the two babies.
Now, nowhere in the Bible does it talk about Noah being against any of his kids having children nor does it say anything about God telling Noah that he has to kill his kid’s children if they have kids. No, instead God blesses Noah and his sons and tells them, “Be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
God gave Noah a gift (grace, Genesis 6:8), not a punishment in my eyes. Remember, at that time Noah was the only human being on earth that actually had faith in God (Hebrews 11:7).
I think this movie really took God’s “hatred” towards men at that time in history way out of proportion. Instead, according the bible it actually “grieved” God to have to do wipe out mankind. This means that it deeply saddened God/ God mourned for what he had to do to creation. However, God knew He had to do it in order to start over and start fresh with mankind again.
By this time, you (the reader) are probably wondering when am I going to wrap it up? Well here it is.
The most important thing that this movie did not portray is God’s love for man, as well. His love never went away even when mankind turned away from Him. If this were not true then God would not have sent his son Jesus to die for all of mankind years later.